The Mission and Pledge of Yoga Teachers

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The Mission and Pledge of Yoga Teachers

Yoga Teacher Training Demonstration Back BendBy Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500

When one finishes a Yoga instructor training course, does he or she know the true mission of teaching? Some teachers definitely do, while others seem to be oblivious to the principles of Ahimsa, Karma, and making a positive difference in the lives of others.

The world is plagued with stress. We see it all around us. People are so caught up in striving for material wealth, that their souls are suffering and depression sets in the body and mind. It is our mission as Yoga teachers to try and alleviate this suffering by teaching Hatha Yoga in all its aspects of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, higher forms of meditation, and relaxation.

As Yoga works on the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, we become calmer, more energized, and more relaxed. Therefore, we become more in tune with our mission in life, our path becomes clear, and we, Yoga teachers, are guided to fulfill our destiny.

Through the simple act of lying on the floor in savasana, we achieve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual relaxation. Savasana is an easy asana where the aspirant learns to let go of body and mind. Thus seeing the realization of one’s true self, which is the source of all joy, power, and peace.

When we consider the benefits that we can directly and indirectly convey to people of all walks of life – even to children, our mission becomes even more important and meaningful.  The joy of teaching Yoga will come from seeing people transform form stressed out, depressed individuals to contented, physically strong people, who are beginning to question their way of life and their value system. Yoga is helping them to look inward to the point where the Yogic path begins. Yoga is by making the world realize that true happiness lies within.

Below is a pledge for all Yoga teachers to consider.

I shall do my best to be compassionate, tolerant, and kind to others at all times.

I will strive to become the best Yoga teacher possible.

I will learn and teach all facets of Yoga as described by Patanjali.

I will strive to make teaching of this knowledge complete through continued study, daily practice, and Yogic self-development.

I fully realize there is pure contentment in finding and staying on the Yogic path, rather than make competitive comparisons to the progress of other teachers and practitioners.

Hari Om Tat Sat

© Copyright 2010 – Sanjeev Patel / Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

Sanjeev Patel is a certified Yoga teacher and an exclusive author for Aura Wellness Center.

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